Crime Mapping and Reports Tools

Albuquerque’s Office of Neighborhood Coordination provided a link to the 2018 Crime Mapping Tool Shows Online Real-Time Activity in Albuquerque in its weekly newsletter on May 21, 2018.

“Have you bookmarked Albuquerque Police Department’s (APD) Crime Mapping Tool yet? This online, real-time map of criminal activity offers residents an up-to-date snapshot of what type of criminal activity is happening in their neighborhoods. Visit: http://www.cabq.gov/police/online-services/crime-mapping/ and make sure to bookmark the page, as it is updated daily.”

I use the ABQPolice app on my phone.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” July 2018 announced their new reporting tool. “Our new system also allows the public access to crime data. There are three features the public can access to include Crime Mapping, Register a Camera, and Tip Submit. Anyone can access this information from his or her personal computer or smart phone. The public should access these features via the BCSO web page, www.bernalillocountysheriff.com. “

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Annual Meeting September 18, 2018

Hi Neighbors,

Our annual meeting will be on Tuesday, September 18th at 6 pm at the Ladera Golf Course Banquet room. Please join us to to learn about the Metropolitan Court from the judges, Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Authority Programs and Rebates, and vote for the changes to our bylaws and for board members.   Flyer can be viewed by selecting the link below:

Ladera West Annual Meeting 2018.docx

We look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,

Karen Buccola, President

Ladera West Neighborhood Association

 

 

 

 

Avoiding Being a Victim of Road Rage

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” July 2018 helps us avoid being a victim of road rage.

“The ‘Communicator’ received a request asking for tips and best practices to avoid being a victim ore experiencing ‘Road Rage.’ We in turn reached out to our Traffic Investigations Unit who was pleased to provide the following:

  1. Be well rested when you drive. The more tired you are the more easily you will become irritated. Also, the more exhausted you are the more likely you are to be distracted and less observant which will tend to cause driving errors that appear aggressive and possibly provoking road rage.
  2. Listen to traffic reports on the radio to avoid congested areas. You can do this on side streets before you reach the highway where congestion is more likely.
  3. Know alternative routes to your destination. This would include back roads that have less traffic. Even if they are a few miles longer, it is usually worth it to avoid long delays in traffic.
  4. Avoid a lot of noise and loud music. It is well known that lots of noise puts more stress on a person. Preferably, listen to soft music or talk radio. In addition, remind passengers to keep the noise down.
  5. Try driving at cooler times of day. Heat, especially when it cannot be controlled makes people more irritable. It will also be easier on your engine to drive when it is cooler.
  6. You can help in preventing road rage by giving yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Knowing you may be running late automatically puts you into “speed mode” where you are more tempted to get around other drivers to get where you are going.
  7. If you are running late call the person and tell them you will be late even if you must pull over to do so. Knowing that the person/s you are going expect you will be late takes a load of stress off you and you do not have to rush to meet their expectations.
  8. Avoid driving if you are already emotionally upset or excited.
  9. Exercise patience while driving. Patience prevents a multitude of problems including car collisions. Mentally relax when unexpected delays happen. Just be glad you aren’t alone. Everyone around you is delayed too. You will be preventing road rage in yourself by practicing patience.
  10. Signal early before braking.
  11. Give plenty of room for the driver behind hen changing lanes.
  12. Keep at least two car lengths of space ahead and behind your vehicle.
  13. Always signal when changing lanes.
  14. Count two seconds before proceeding at a stop sign.
  15. Don’t step on your gas pedal to get through a yellow light.

Using all these polite driving habits will keep you from seeming like an aggressive driver, and thus preventing road rage in drivers around you.”

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Easy Crime Prevention

We are reminded by The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” May 2018 that:

“Numerous studies have proven that when residents take pride in their neighbor-hood criminal acts diminish exponentially. With that said, take some steps to beautify your neighborhoods. Cleaning of front yards is the best place to start. Introduce yourselves to neighbors and turn the porch light on. Spend more time outdoors. These steps can be accomplished cost free and contribute to the overall health of a neighborhood.”

The May issue of Albuquerque Office of Neighborhood Coordination’s Neighborhood News showed a neighborhood that banded together to aide an abandoned home:

“Academy Estates East is a quiet neighborhood tucked away east of Spain and north of Montgomery, and one of its chief attractions is the closeness of many residents and neighbors. It’s this connection that led to what happened next. ‘I talked to several neighbors, including Janet Butts, and Nancy Plevin who lives behind the house,’ said [Block captain Anita] Harper. ‘We all agreed to maintain the front yard and keep the property looking clean and well-kept, so potential criminals wouldn’t know the house was empty.’ Neighbors raked leaves, mowed grass, and made the house not only look occupied, but more attractive than it had been previously.” After contacting the bank that foreclosed on the property and asking that it be placed on the market, this house is occupied.

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Wanted: Bernalillo County Security Aides

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” April 2018 presented information about this interesting career. After learning about this position, you may want to pass the opportunity on to someone who is job hunting.

“The Bernalillo County Security Aide is an entry-level position that provides a pathway to becoming a deputy.  This position gives a person a chance to work with deputies and learn about the law enforcement profession.

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department employs County Security Aides to assist deputies on patrol and to assist with security at the Metropolitan Detention Center and Public Safety Center.  While assisting patrol deputies, County Security Aide’s respond to crashes to take reports and assist with directing traffic at crashes or as needed.  County Security Aide’s also respond to other report calls that do not require a deputy at the scene.

At the Metropolitan Detention Center and Public Safety Center, County Security Aide’s utilize x-ray scanners and metal detectors to prevent arrestees and employees from bringing nauthorized items into the facilities.

Once hired, County Security Aide’s will attend the County Security Aide academy where they will learn the basic skills to be a County Security Aide. If the County Security Aide is going to work on patrol, the County Security Aide will then go through field training with a deputy for on the job training.”

If you have any questions about the County Security Aide position please contact Sgt. Fred Beers, at fdbeers@bernco.gov or (505)-468-7425.”

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Scammers Pretending to be Government Employees

Scammer continue to try to get rich from your fears. The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” April 2018 provided tips on Recognizing Scammers and not losing your hard-earned money to them.

“An ongoing scam has reemerged throughout Bernalillo County. Unknown persons, identifying themselves as sworn law enforcement officers, will telephone area residents and advise the citizen that there is currently an active warrant out for their arrest. They state the warrant was issued for various things, such as, failure to go to jury duty, IRS taxes due, and failure to pay fines.

The scammer will then demand the citizen purchase some type of credit card from a store (Green Dot, Visa, etc.) and then give the scammer the credit card number. Some citizens have believed this scam and have lost thousands of dollars. Please be aware that a Bernalillo County Law Enforcement officer WILL NEVER call and demand money over the phone. These scammers are very aggressive and threaten the citizen with arrest or asset forfeiture. Do not believe the lies. Hang up on these callers and do not respond if they call again.

Please report any instances of this scam to the Attorney General’s Office by using the below contact information.

Albuquerque Office: 111 Lomas Blvd NW, Ste 120, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Toll Free: 1-866-627-3249

Phone: (505) 222-9000

Fax: (505) 222-9006”

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Child Abuse

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” April 2018 provided tips on Recognizing Child Abuse.

“Children are the foundation of our society, our community and our future.  Children raised in loving and supportive environments are more likely to prosper academically and financially, becoming successful members of society. We need to enhance the success of our communities by promoting programs and policies that seek to support the lives of children and families. Preventing child abuse and neglect results in better childhoods, ultimately saving millions of dollars currently used to address the short and long-term effects of abuse on children, their families, and our communities… “

“Children who are abused may or may not show physical or behavioral signs of being maltreated in some instances, there may be an unusual pattern or location of physical injuries that suggests abuse. In other cases, there may be no physical indicators, but the child’s behavior has changed in a questionable and observable way. Educate yourself and others about some of the obvious and less obvious signs of possible child abuse, including…

  • Injuries such as bruises, burns, welts, or broken bones that are unexplained have implausible explanations
  • Missing hair
  • Poor hygiene…
  • Unattended medical or dental needs
  • Consistent hunger
  • Inappropriate clothing for weather conditions…
  • Declining school performance or involvement
  • Lack of concentration
  • Difficulty making and keeping friends…
  • Withdrawn from others
  • Destruction of property
  • Hurting themselves or others…
  • Constantly seeking attention and approval
  • Reluctance to go home…
  • Begging or stealing food
  • Unusual fears”

“Reporting suspected or known child abuse is a brave act that may prevent a child from being armed or even save a child’s life. Any concerned individual who suspects or knows that a child is being threatened, abused or neglected needs to report that information to child protective services or law enforcement.

A report of alleged child maltreatment may be made by anyone.  Voluntary reports come from family, friends, neighbors and other caring community members… Reporters do not have to prove or personally witness the maltreatment…

To report suspected abuse or neglect statewide: 1-855-333-SAFE, or online at cyfd.org, or if you would like to help children in New Mexico affected by abuse and neglect visit PULLTOGETHER.ORG.”

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Wilderness Safety

The Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office newsletter, “Communicator,” May 2018 provides wilderness safety tips.

“With the warming weather many residents will began to frequent the various mountain trails within the Sandia Ranger District. It is important to note that a large amount of wildlife live within the area, including Bear and Cougar.  All wild animals can be dangerous. Always maintain a safe and respectful distance.

  • Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return.
  • Keep children close to you and within your immediate sight at all times.
  • Make noise, talk, sing or clap your hands to let a bear/cougar know of your presence. Don’t rely on bells, usually they are too quiet. Shout often, especially when traveling upwind, near streams, or when you cannot see the path ahead and avoid thick brush.
  • Be alert and watch for bear/cougar sign such as tracks, droppings, diggings, rocks rolled over, scratch marks on trees and logs torn apart. Carry binoculars and scan ahead periodically.
  • Don’t hike alone or at night. Bears and cougars are most active at dawn, dusk and night, but can be encountered any time. Groups of three or more people tend to make more noise and appear more formidable. This makes groups safer than solo hikers.
  • Stay on trails for your safety and to protect the habitat.
  • Avoid carcasses and report dead animals to the nearest ranger station. It is very risky to approach a carcass; a bear/cougar may be just out of sight, guarding its food.
  • Avoid odorous items and leave foods and beverages with strong odors, scented deodorants and lotions and other odorous items at home. Bear and Cougar have an acute sense of smell that can detect odors from great distances.  Dry foods are both lighter and less smelly.
  • Stay with your gear. Don’t leave your packs, food or beverages unattended.
  • Pets may attract bears and cougars. Keep them on a short leash to avoid conflicts with wildlife.
  • View and photograph from a safe distance. If an animal approaches, back away to maintain a safe distance.
  • Use binoculars, spotting scopes or a telephoto lens when viewing and photographing an animal to avoid stressing the animal.
  • Bicyclists and Runners should carefully select the areas they are recreating in and be extra alert in cougar, bear and rattlesnake country. Speed and quietness increases risks of a sudden encounter.
  • Hike at a pace everyone can maintain and stay together. Cougars and some bears behave in a predatory manner and will seek the easiest target. Don’t hike ahead or allow someone to fall behind, especially children and pets.
  • Running may provoke a bear or cougar to chase you. You cannot outrun them. Bears can run up to 30 mph, up and downhill, while cougars are known for their powerful sprints and jumps.
  • Rattlesnakes are very seldom seen. They can sense our vibrations from our walking and look for a place to hide, which is often behind rocks, logs or in thick brush. They are usually not aggressive unless they are directly threatened, either deliberately or by accident. To prevent being bitten avoid stepping directly in front of or behind logs and rocks. Before sitting down or picking up supplies from the ground, look around the area carefully. Watch where you put your hands and feet. Most importantly, enjoy snakes at a distance without disturbing them.”

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Water Conservation

Albuquerque’s Office of Neighborhood Coordination reminded us to conserve water in it’s Weekly E-News on May 7, 2018.

“Did you know that a faulty irrigation or sprinkler system can waste as much as 16 gallons of water per minute? The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority (ABCWUA) encourages residents to keep an eye on water use during this very dry spring season. The following tips can help you conserve this precious resource:

  • Check your irrigation and sprinkler systems at least once a month.
  • If you have any leaks, repair them as soon as possible.
  • Don’t waste water by letting your irrigation system leak.
  • Don’t waste water by letting your irrigation system leak onto streets, driveways, or sidewalks.
  • Remember to follow the Water by the Numbers rule when watering your yard – once a week in March and November; twice a week in April, May, September and October; and three times a week in June, July, and August.
  • Visit: http://www.abcwua.org to learn more about water conservation.”

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Annual Garage Sale

Ladera West Neighborhood Association is announcing the Annual Garage Sale!

It’s time to gather your treasures – and junk – and get ready.

This year’s annual garage sale will be Thursday, June 28th to Saturday, June 30th. So, get your garage ready for the big day.

The neighborhood association will market this event. However, you may want to provide signs to your home.